Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 19, 2009 08:40 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Arts, Culture, and Heritage in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Region

SAGUENAY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 19, 2009) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced funding for several arts, culture, and heritage festivals in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region. He also highlighted the funding for the Festival des musiques de creation du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, which is currently underway. Minister Moore made the announcement in the presence of representatives of the organizations that will benefit from the funding.

"Our Government recognizes how important cultural creativity and innovation-as well as heritage and commemorative activities-are not only to the vitality of our culture, but also to our economic development," said Minister Moore. "We are pleased to support events that attract large numbers of visitors and yield significant economic benefits."

"This new funding will stimulate the local economy and allow the rich culture of the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region to be more widely shared. In my view, it will bring citizens even closer to their culture, something that we all support," said Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of National Revenue, Minister of State (Agriculture), and Member of Parliament (Jonquiere-Alma).

A list of organizations receiving funding is attached.

The Government of Canada has provided funding totalling $207,200-of which $15,000 has already been announced-under two programs of the Department of Canadian Heritage, Arts Presentation Canada and Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage. Arts Presentation Canada provides Canadians with increased access to the diversity and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentation of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences. Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage, created by the Government in 2007, provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.


APPENDIX:

List of projects to receive funding under Arts Presentation Canada

Festival des musiques de creation of Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean:

- Festival specializing in current, new, contemporary, improvised, and creative music and music research.

- Saguenay, May 15 to 30, 2009 - $15,000 (announced March 31, 2009)

Cooperative de developpement culturel in Chicoutimi:

- Multidisciplinary arts presenter offering shows featuring popular music, comedy, theatre, dance, world music, and jazz.

- Saguenay, July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010 - $35,000

List of projects to receive funding under Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

Festival Saint-Honore dans l'vent Inc.:

- Festival of cultural and arts activities with the themes of kites and aviation.

- Saint-Honore, June 18 to 21, 2009 - $37,700

Jonquiere en musique:

- Popular family festival with concerts by prominent singers and up-and-coming artists.

- Saguenay, June 24 to July 18, 2009 - $14,400

Comite organisateur du Grand rassemblement des Premieres Nations:

- Large First Nations gathering based on the celebration, sharing, and transmission of the cultural and heritage traditions of the Aboriginal people of Masteuiatsh. Presentation of various shows and exhibitions of traditional artwork.

- Mashteuiatsh, July 17 to 19, 2009 - $30,000

Festival international des rythmes du monde:

- Multicultural festival featuring several hundred artists and artisans from all over the world and offering public concerts highlighting percussion music and world dance.

- Saguenay, July 30 to August 9, 2009 - $40,400

Traversee internationale du Lac Saint-Jean Inc.:

- Popular festival focusing on long-distance open water swimming and presentations of dance, music, and theatre.

- Roberval, July 17 to 26, 2009 - $24,700

Saint-Nazaire en fete:

- Family festival with concerts by local musicians and singers, a parade, children's activities, and sports.

- Saint-Nazaire, July 24 to 26, 2009 - $10,000

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Quebec Region
    Eric Amyot
    Director, Regional Communications
    514-283-4027
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155